Stephanie sez, "Somtow Sucharitkul, a notable director, was informed that posting footage of himself, conducting Strauss' Radetzky March was a violation of Harry Fox's supposed copyright on that piece. That 164-year-old piece: 'Perhaps HFA controls the rights to a modern arrangement of this piece, such as a school band version or something, but this is no modern adaptation. It's the original, and Johann Strauss Sr's copyright expired a century ago. Do let me know if I can be of assistance (for instance, I could perhaps get the Austrian Embassy to produce a copy of Strauss's death certificate?)'"
Somtow is also a notable sf writer, who's written under both SP Somtow and Somtow Sucharitkul. Met him once at a Worldcon. Nice guy. Good writer. Talented polymath. World-class snarker!
Carole McNutt caught this fantastic film of sea lions having an absolute BALL. For over an hour we all just marveled at these playful, beautiful, incredible animals. It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had.
Our pal Tim Biskup just launched his first Kickstarter project: a double vinyl LP re-issue of a 1989 cassette by his band, Big Butter.
Tim Biskup is an artist. You might know his work. If not, Click here to check out his website. He's well known as a painter, sculptor and designer, but he's also a musician. He and his brother, Mike Biskup started a band called Big Butter way back in 1986. Over the last 25+ years they've made a bunch of records and played a lot of shows. They're a very strange band, as you might imagine. One of their favorite and most obscure recordings, BRAINSLED, was released as a cassette in 1989, but was never released on vinyl. It's been a favorite of Big Butter fans since it came out. One guy got it stuck in his car stereo for 6 years and he didn't even care. He just drove around listening to it. It's that good!Brainsled 2xLP by Big Butter
Here's the audio from Disney's classic "Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion," narrated by Thurl Ravenscroft, starring a young -- Andy Griffith show era -- Ronnie Howard. I had this in the original Disneyland Little Long Playing Record edition, and played it to death, as you might expect.
Metafilter's Hippybear has included links to lots of supplementary material in a MeFi post, too.
There's also a beautiful CD reissue from Disney, with excellent liner notes and additional data-tracks with the visuals from the original Little Long-Playing Record.
USA Today's Bryan Mansfield has written before about music that became more meaningful to him during his treatment for colon cancer. One of the songs that really stood out for him was Delta Rae's "Dance in the Graveyards." The North Carolina folk-rock ensemble just released a video for that song, and it's really great. Bryan writes:
The macabre but ultimately touching and lovely clip offers a twist on typical Halloween fare. Dressed in Day of the Dead costumes, the members of the group -- which also consists of singer Elizabeth Hopkins, percussionist Mike McKee and bassist Grant Emerson -- approach a cemetery and call forth the loved ones of those buried there. Ian Holljes, who wrote the song, says that it was inspired by the deaths of a close friend and a mentor. "These people were wonderful parts of my life," says Holljes, who donned the top hat, dark garb and cane of Baron Samedi, a voodoo spirit of death and healing, for the clip. "For me, they're not resting in peace. They remain vivid, important influences in my life. They still move me, and, in so many ways, I'm still dancing with their spirits and the memories they left behind.The song appears on the group's album, Carry the Fire, which came out in June.
As you might guess from my many posts about artist Jim Woodring, I'm beside myself with excitement about his upcoming 300-page collection of sketchbook drawings, Problematic: Sketchbook Drawings 2004-2012 [UPDATE: The original video went kaput. In its stead I've posted a video of Jim sketching for a fan.]
If you are one of the fortunate thousands who enjoy untangling the enigmatic images that fill Jim Woodring’s comics and drawings, Problematic is just the book for you to put under your pillow and dream on. Woodring is a devotee of the pocket-sized Moleskine sketchbook and has filled at least one per month since 2004. Quick concept sketches, figure studies, self-challenges, finished drawings, revenge portraits and caricatures, scene tryouts... everything goes into these idea batteries. Problematic provides the adventurous viewer with a bounty of unfiltered, hand-captured glimpses of life by an artist that Publishers Weekly called, “a modern master of hallucinatory cartoon fables.” Lots of this material re-emerges in the form of pictures and storylines, but much of it is just too baffling to be harnessed for any practical use. Of course, these untamable notions are the best and most interesting ones; and there are plenty of them here in the 300-page brick of Problematic. Problematic is a rollicking amalgam of reportage (i.e. the man who blew his arm off), speculative anatomy, fancy women, make-a-face games, picture-puzzles, gags, riffs and burlesques. Catalog and exhibition simultaneously, Problematic is your best bet for a brief, energizing stroll in a distinctively enjoyable neighborhood.